I was born and raised in Bombay, India. I followed my passion for aviation to the United States to learn to fly and pursue the goal of becoming an airline pilot. Along the way, my path changed several times leading me down different roads, including airport operations, and Safety Management Systems (SMS) implementation. I returned to graduate school to sharpen these skills and was immersed into the world of research. I have been actively involved in research and publishng since late 2013. I am also a commercial pilot and avid motorcyle, go kart and car racer. In my spare time I compete in US Masters swimming championships.



Consumer Perceptions

Passenger Preference Airline Type

Cockpit Design

Pilot Configuration

System Wide Trust Theory

Scale Development

Regression and Mediation Analyses

Mars Habitat and Crew Research

Cabin Depressurization

Pilot Fatigue


Florida Institute of Technology - 2017 

Aviation Sciences (Human Factors)


Florida Institute of Technology - 2015

Applied Aviation Safety


Florida Institute of Technology - 2013

Aviation Management with Flight


Research Service:

International Journal of Aviation Sciences - Asst. Managing Editor

Journal of Technologies in Society-

Associate Editor and Reviewer

University Service:

Academic Program Assessment Committee (APAC) Member

Faculty Senator

Coordinator, Compliance and Assessment, College of Aeronautics

New Faculty Mentorship Program, College of Aeronautics

University Graduate faculty serving on master's theses and doctoral dissertations

University Disciplinary Committee

Greek Alumni Advisory Board

Internships Chair

UAS Minor Chair

Advising Training Committee

Publications Committee

Chairman - Academic Information Technology Committee (ACITC), April 2019 - April 2020

Academic Information Technology Committee (ACITC) Mini grant Chair, April 2018 - April 2019

Chapter Advisor to Delta Tau Delta Iota Xi

Alpha Eta Rho Risk Management Advisor

National Service:

Division Vice-President - Delta Tau Delta Southern Division

Reviewing panelist for Department of Defense’s SMART Scholarship


Most Valuable Panther – Employee of the Month University Wide, April 2020​

Faculty of the Year Fall 2018 – Spring 2019 (ISSS), 2019

National Gold Philanthropy Award, 2019

National Silver Philanthropy Award, 2018

National Silver Philanthropy Award, 2017

Forbes 30 under 30: Science Finalist (Non-Winner), 2017


James S. Eaton Award - Outstanding Recent Graduate, 2016

National Gold Philanthropy Award, 2016

Alumnus of the Year, 2016 - Delta Tau Delta

First place award for Faculty and Graduate Research at AIRCON 2015, Phoenix, AZ, 2015

Second place award for Faculty and Graduate Research at AIRCON 2016, Phoenix, AZ, 2016

Third place award for Faculty and Graduate Research at AIRCON 2016, Phoenix, AZ, 2016

Excellence in Graduate Presentation Award at the HFAP 2015, Daytona Beach, FL, 2015

Outstanding Graduate Student

Chris Gidding Scholarship Award

Patrick W. Halloran Scholarship Award

Distinguished Student Scholar Award

University President’s Campus Service Award

Kershner Scholar Award

Interfraternal Award

Brother of the Year Award - Delta Tau Delta


Delta Tau Delta Education Foundation Heritage Society

Delta Tau Delta Education Foundation Lifetime Giving Society


Human Factors and Ergonomics Society

Order of Omega

Phi Kappa Phi

Delta Mu Delta

American Association of Airport Executives

Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association

Phi Eta Sigma

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